I admit it. When a year ends, I am one of those people who is always interested in looking back at the trends. Top television shows. Top music. Top movies. And this year when I was looking over the list of top movies, I noticed an interesting trend.
Â According to Box Office Mojo, the top ten movies of the year rated as follows:
1: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
3: X-Men The Last Stand
4: The DaVinci Code
5: Night at the Museum
6: Superman Returns
7: Ice Age: The Meltdown
8: Happy Feet
9: Casino Royale
10: Over the Hedge
Now, in looking at this list, it’s pretty clear cut statementÂ that the best moviesÂ if you want to make moneyÂ are going to be family movies. It makes sense. Families with children (myself included) are all over the country looking for something that they can safely take their kids to go see. The movies are few and far between when you look at the sheer number of movies released each year. (Over 600 in 2006 alone!) So that’s pretty much immediately clear. “Night at the Museum” even made the list and it was only released two weeks before the end of 2006. That goes to show that a good story that’s done well has a pretty decent chance of making it big at the box office.
What isn’t immediately clear is how unoriginal the list is. Out of ten movies, five of them were movies from known franchises. You could make it six if you counted “The DaVinci Code” in that list since it was based on such an astoundingly popular book. This means that more than half of the movies were counting on the buzz from their predecessors. And this wasn’t even known as the ‘year of the sequels’ as previous years have been.
Â This begs the question – Is Hollywood running out of stories to tell? Or is it just looking in the wrong places? Are there any new/fresh stories out there? Or is everything just a rehash of something that’s already been done? What do you think?